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Early Start Times for High School: Orange Candidates Say It’s Time for Change – The Orlando Sentinel

When it comes to listening, members of the Orange County School Board can be less responsive than a corpse.

Especially on starting times for high schools.

For years, parents have told school officials the same thing experts have — that 7:20 a.m. classes and 6:15 a.m. bus pickups — are bad for learning.

It’s not that teens need to get to bed earlier. It’s that their still-developing bodies — with minds whirring late at night and synapses slow to fire up in the morning — aren’t biologically primed for learning before 8 a.m.

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